Bird strike in mid-air: Southwest flight makes safe landing despite unexpected encounter.

A Southwest Airlines flight en route from Las Vegas to Burbank made contact with a bird as it geared up for its landing sequence.

On the afternoon of June 29, flight 1422, which took off from Harry Reid International Airport bound for Hollywood Burbank Airport, reported an apparent avian altercation around 2 p.m. The incident left a noticeable indentation on the nose cone of the aircraft, despite which the flight managed a safe touchdown.

According to the flight tracking portal FlightAware, the bird-beleaguered plane landed punctually at 2:20 p.m., with no reports of injuries to the passengers onboard. Additionally, the incident did not disrupt the seamless functioning of the airport.

As part of standard procedure, the aircraft is currently under inspection to evaluate the extent of the damage and determine necessary repairs. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also initiated an investigation into the bird strike.

Statistics from the FAA suggest nearly 47 such bird strike incidents occur daily, with the majority transpiring during the critical phases of takeoff and landing, typically at altitudes of 3,000 feet or below.